Planning

The key concerns for the Exeter and Teignbridge proposals are:

Consultation

  • Poor consultation by Exeter and very selective by Teignbridge
  • Exeter did bare minimum to meet their requirements, and did nothing to consult the residents of Alphington locally
  • Teignbridge were selective as they decided not to take their consultation to Exminster, although they did originally back in 2009 when their proposals for their core strategy were deemed as unsound by the planning inspectorate. They eventually went to a special meeting of Exminster Parish Council in late February
  • Proposals for a gypsy and traveller to be sited somewhere within the newly proposed development, but Teignbridge would not be pinned down as to the exact location.

Infrastructure.

  • With an increase in population in Alphington and Exminster and other parts of Exeter (over 20000 new dwellings in total), there would be an additional strain on public services such as Devon and Cornwall police, Devon and Somerset Fire and rescue and the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital all of which are having to deal with cuts in their budgets. Extra strain on the hospital services would lead to increased wait times for operations and treatment.
  • Strain on less obvious public services such as South West Water needing to provide additional sewage treatment works,
  • A need for more GP and dental surgeries, Community health and social care would additional pressure put upon them.
  • Roads already heavily congested at peak times, with Alphington corridor and Bridge road almost impassable at certain hours of the day. Previously proposed 3rd bridge over the River Exe too expensive as a bridge over the canal would also be required.
  • Additional queuing traffic will lead to even poorer air quality affecting the residents who reside alongside any major road.
  • Exeter City Council in their core strategy promise High Quality Transport Links, what are these, the  new railway halt at Marsh Barton? How will this benefit commuters who are to travel to the East of Exeter where the majority of the new employment is to be situated?
  • Schools over crowded, with only 51 spare reception class places across the City, how many additional places required?

Density and situation

  • 50 dwellings per hectare is too high. This density would be even higher if new development areas which abut any existing developments are made to be in keeping with old developments.
  • The proposed site is generally very hilly, and therefore difficult to develop. The existing green belt and agricultural land to disappear which takes away the amenity for those who enjoy walks
  • With 2500 additional houses in the South West of Exeter the communities of Alphington, Exminster and Kennford would almost become joined which would lead to a loss of these individual communities, to be replaced by one large urban sprawl.
  • Much better to provide new hub communities where infrastructure can be put in place with smaller communities who are situated in countryside giving the residents a much better standard of living i.e. residents would only be minutes away from the countryside experience. Hubs could be provided with good public transport links which would benefit both commuters and transport providers. Quick and easy travel between the hub and the city, Cranbrook community being an example.

Community Forum  

  • Alphington and Exminster residents across the community are angry at the developments and many have already shown their support for a new forum group that has been formed.
  • Many residents have come together and gained support of local councillors to be both proactive and reactive when dealing with the developments, Proactive by :-
  • holding a public meeting 2pm Alphington Primary School,
  • Setting web site Alphingtonforum.co.uk
  • Posting 1500 flyers to make local residents aware of the proposed developments.
  • Being Reactive Trying to get residents of Alphington and Exminster onto a local forum and try and work under the localism act with planners and council.